Tuesday, July 29, 2014

APEX Digital Currency Partnerships Agenda Released!

APEX Digital Currency Partnerships addresses how cryptocurrency can be integrated, utilized and valued by mainstream banks, payments, nonprofit and investing firms.


 Highlights include:

1. More than 50+ speakers, 20+ sessions in a streamlined schedule, and one monster keynote from Patrick Byrne, Chairman of Overstock.com

2. Insights into what you should be learning from the VC Activity in crypto, the development of less-clunky user experiences, the realities of compliance and regulation and much MORE!

3. Eight hours of built-in networking, including two attendee parties, a Women's-Only Lunch and MORE!

4. Crypto Awards celebrating industry achievements after a blockbuster year of innovation, press coverage and exposure. Nominations are open until July 31st for 6 award categories. Enter now.

5. Meet-Up Collision: The ultimate mash-up of the nation's best crypto meetups, and it's only at APEX.  Contact Krystin Bruan, at kbruan@iirusa.com to get involved.

DOWNLOAD the Agenda by Clicking Here!

See you in San Francisco!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Future of Payments

Business Insider recently published a presentation highlighting the future of the ever evolving payments industry.

In their presentation, they map out important trends that are fueling this change; payment apps are on the rise, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the steady decline of paper products (i.e. cash/checks). Then, they go on to map out what the future has in store for payments.

Take a look at the presentation from Business Insider. It is highlighted by charts/slides exclusive to BI Intelligence and are definitely worth taking a look at - they shed some serious light on what to expect in the coming years.  

Do you agree with these projections in their presentation? What do you think the future holds for the payments industry? Let us know in the comment section.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Uncover Banks’ Roadmap for Bitcoin

What's the Ideal Collaboration Between Bitcoin & Banking?

It's a complex time for banks looking at potential pathways & partnerships in cryptocurrency. Questions remain about whether cryptocurrency is friend or foe for the existing financial services industry.

But for the APEX Digital Currency Partnerships faculty of speakers, this is an unprecedented time for partnerships and innovation:

"Creating an infrastructure around bitcoin will take time and requires founders of startups, regulators and state officials to team up and build Bitcoin into a sustainable and profitable technology for everyone. APEX Digital Currency Partnerships provides a great platform to bring members of the payments ecosystem together and collaborate on solutions."
Hemant Taneja, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Here are some of the questions that will be answered at APEX Digital Currency Partnerships by the leading minds in crypto and mainstream financial services:

• What are the implications of regulatory actions or attitudes?
• Is crypto a currency or commodity? The debate grows more complex with the IRS' ruling that it's property.
• What factors delay uptake of digital currency options by established banking & financial services industry?
• How will partnerships can be structured amid pricing volatility and regulatory uncertainty?

For financial institutions, the time is NOW to devise a strategy, a roadmap and a slew of connections to guide the way.

Download the complete agenda here.

Register for APEX Digital Currency Partnerships here.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Crypto Awards @ APEX Digital Currency Partnerships

The Crypto Awards
@ APEX Digital Currency Partnerships

September 8th | 4pm

Join us as we recognize the contributions of the:
• leading innovators and disruptors building the future of the financial services, payments & investing infrastructure
• trail blazers legitimizing the industry to the rest of the financial services world
• entrepreneurs lassoing this new technology to do real good for under-developed communities and constituencies
• future leaders of payments and financial services

1. Best Retail Application of Cryptocurrency:
For the top company or platform that is enabling retailers to embrace cryptocurrency. We’re looking for great innovators who are re-thinking the way merchants process payments, manage loyalty, interact with customers – and how cryptocurrency plays a role. Open to company or an individual product. Credit goes to the CEO of the companies involved.

2. Leading Investor:
For those who are putting their money where their mouths are an investing in the cryptocurrency space. We are not only looking for the silent wallets – we’re looking for the true believers who have an innate sense of where the industry is headed, and its untapped opportunities. Awarded to an individual, not a firm.

3. Biggest Global Impact:
How is cryptocurrency changing the world and making its inhabitants safer, better-educated and more prosperous? We want to hear about the charities, nonprofits or for a company that funneled cryptocurrency to a charitable cause. Applications can include those that better emerging markets, aid disaster victims, etc.

4. Trailblazer:
Our MVP of the industry, this award is reserved for who the industry chooses as its most influential person in digital currency. Awarded to an individual who has made sizable and measurable contributions to the acceptance of Bitcoin.

5. Rising Star:
Cryptocurrency is known for its young, vibrant entrepreneurs who are hell-bent on changing the guts of the financial system. Now’s your chance to pinpoint the most influential digital currency market maker under the age of 25.

6. Best Crypto Partnership:
The key to mass adoption for cryptocurrency lies at the partnerships the industry’s leaders create with established payments, banking and investment players. We want to see the best of the crypto-mainstream mash-ups. This will be awarded to the CEOs/senior leaders of 2 companies.

The nomination process:
Nominations can be submitted online. Nominate your crypto stand-outs, and why you think they deserve the nod. Nominations are free and are open now, the voting closes on July 31st. Submit your nominations here.

Nominations must include:
• Name of nominated organization
• Name of award
• A brief synopsis (250 words) on why the nominee meets the core criteria for the category

We'll turn the nominations over to our speaker voting board, who will choose the shortlist of nominees. This shortlist will be available to the public for voting on August 18th and voting will close September 5th.

The winner of each award will be announced live at APEX Digital Currency Partnerships on September 8th to the entire event audience. We encourage all nominees be present for the announcement.

Winners will receive:
• A prominent profile on the event website
• Profile in post event email campaign
• Interview post event which will be distributed on our social media channels
• Crypto Awards logo to use on your own website / marketing material

For questions on the awards, please contact Michellee Nelson at 646-895-7406 or mnelson@iirusa.com

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